This lemon apple blueberry crisp will help you bid farewell to the summer, while welcoming the fall. September always brings the feel of fall in the air, despite it still being summer. Everyone rushes to start celebrating the fall flavors. I did not want to say goodbye to summer flavors yet, despite wanting to welcome the fall, so I decided to make this Lemon Apple Blueberry Crisp as a hybrid between the two seasons.
I absolutely love pairing lemon and blueberry together, as they create a tart, yet sweet, flavor. It is one of my favorite summer flavor pairings. I also love apple crisp, because, I mean, who doesn’t? It is one of the reasons I go to fairs in the fall.
So, when thinking of the perfect hybrid recipe, I could not pass up on making this tasty crisp. The sweetness of the apples truly enhances the tartness of the lemon and pairs well with the sweetness of the blueberry.
Now, the challenge was how to create the perfect crisp. I have had many crisps in my day. Some have been wonderful and some had been terrible! I have had crisps that were full of sugar, leaving your teeth feeling gritty at the end, and other crisps which lacked any taste.
I reviewed numerous crisp recipes before crafting my own. Many called for cups full of sugar, others called for a crazy amount of nuts. I knew neither would satisfy my taste buds.
I wanted to use simple ingredients, that were not full of sugar and would create the perfect light, yet flavorful, crisp. So, I found the perfect pairing of ingredients to make a delightful crisp. This recipe includes:
- Fresh apples (I used one green tart apple and one sweet red);
- Wild blueberries;
- Maple Syrup (I used Litchfield Distillery);
- Corn starch;
- All spice;
- Rolled Oats;
- Sunflower Seeds (optional but I recommend);
- Chopped Pecans;
- Flour (I used all purpose, but you can use any type); and
- Vegan Butter (I used Earth Balance).
It may seem like a lot of ingredients, but I promise, it actually is not too many for baking. The great thing about this crisp is that it has little prep time! You simply peel and chop the apples, add in the additional ingredients for the filling and stir. Best part – you put the filling ingredients directly into the bread pan so you do not need to make another dish dirty.
Unfortunately, you do need to make another dish dirty when it comes to the crisp’s topping. However, it is just one bowl, and that isn’t too bad when it comes to baking. You simply mix all the ingredients for the crisp together and, viola, you are done!
Once you have your topping mixed together, you sprinkle it on top of the filling and bake this bad boy for approximately 30 minutes. Below is a picture of how it should look before going into the oven.
When it is done cooking, you will see bubble on the bottom of it. Let is cool for a 5 minutes, then eat it alone or within some vegan whip cream (or ice cream!).
This will be your favorite September dessert, trust me! Easy, simple and full of flavor. Also, if you want to make a full size portion of this, just double up the ingredients and place it into a casserole dish!
Lemon Apple Blueberry CrispCourse: DessertCuisine: American
Lemon Apple Blueberry Crisp is the perfect dessert for the hybrid of seasons! It celebrates summer, yet welcomes fall.
- Crisp Filling
2 large, fresh apples (I used one green apple and one red apple)
3/4 cup of wild blueberries
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 tablespoon lemon zest
2 tablespoons of maple syrup
1/2 tablespoon corn starch
1/4 teaspoon of all spice
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 teaspoon of nutmeg
- Crisp Topping
1/2 cup of rolled oats
1/2 cup of flour
3 tablespoons of melted vegan butter
2 tablespoons of maple syrup
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1 tablespoon of sunflower seeds
1 tablespoon of brown sugar
A pinch of salt
Two pinches of cinnamon
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and grease a bread tin.
- Peel and cork your apples. Cut them into 1/2 inch wedges.
- Place all filling ingredients into the bread tin and mix until they are well combined.
- Using a medium size mixing bowl, place all topping ingredients into the bowl and mix well. It should be wet.
- Sprinkle the crust on top of the filling so it is properly covered. See the picture above for an example of this.
- Bake for 30 minutes. The crisp should be golden brown and the filling should be bubbling.
- Let cool for five minutes, then serve warm! Option to top with vegan whip cream and ice cream.
- If you prefer to make a bigger batch, double up on the ingredients and place them into a casserole dish!